Each year, 34,598 people die by suicide, an average of 94 completed suicides every day.
More people die by suicide (34,598) than by homicide (18,361) in the United States.
Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death across all ages.
Fifty-four percent of completed suicides are done by firearm.
Every year, 864,950 people attempt suicide, which means 1 person attempts suicide every 38 seconds.
More than 395,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for self-inflicted injuries.
It is estimated that 3.7% of the U.S. population (8.3 million people) had thoughts of suicide in the past year, with 1.0% of the population (2.3 million people) developing a suicide plan and 0.5% (1 million people) attempting suicide.
Eighty-three percent of suicide attempts involve poisoning.
The rate of suicide is between .5 and 7.5 per 100,000 among college students.
There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 25 to 34 and the third-leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24.
Groups that are particularly at risk for ideation and attempt are male, white, and under the age of 21.
One in 10 college students has made a plan for suicide.
Suicidal thoughts, making plans for suicide, and suicide attempt are higher among adults aged 18 to 25 than among adults over the age of 26.
Lifetime thoughts of attempting suicide are reported to occur among 5 percent of graduate students and 18 percent of undergraduates.
Approximately 0.9 percent of Emory students have made a suicide attempt in the last 12 months.
Approximately 5.2 percent of Emory students have seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.
Whites have the highest rate of suicide (84 percent of all suicides).
Native Americans have the second-highest rate of suicide (6 percent of all suicides), followed by African Americans with the third-highest rate (6 percent of all suicides).
African American women have the lowest rate of suicide across all racial/ethnic groups.
Whites are 2.4 times more likely to commit suicide than African Americans.
Males are 80 percent of suicides, females 20 percent.
More males die by suicide than females (4.2 times more males than females), but more females attempt suicide than males.
Depression is a common mental health disorder, with the 18.8 million Americans suffering from depression every year. In addition to being common, depression is a risk factor for suicide.
Two-thirds of people that die by suicide are depressed at the time of their death.
Among those that have major depression, the risk of death by suicide is 20 times greater than those that are not depressed.
Treatment for depression is very effective; however, less than 25 percent of people with depression receive adequate care.
Unwillingness to seek help is another risk factor for suicide.
Isolation or lack of social support
Alcohol and/or substance abuse
Loss (in relationships, socially, financially, or work-related)
Previous suicide attempt(s)
Family history of suicide
Family history of child maltreatment
History of mental disorders
Access to lethal means
Unwillingness to seek help
Loss of a social network
Loss of the safety net found at home
Pressure academically or socially
Isolation and alienation
Lack of coping skills
Difficulty adjusting to new demands of college life
Decreased academic performance and subsequent feelings of failure
Experimentation with drugs and alcohol
Supportive social and family network
Problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
Ability to regulate emotions
Ability to cope
Positive view of future
Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide
Access to mental health care